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State Department Calls Islamic State Actions Genocide

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Secretary of State John Kerry, pictured,  will announce this morning that ISIS has committed genocide. Photo: Twitter.

Secretary of State John Kerry, pictured, will announce this morning that ISIS has committed genocide. Photo: Twitter. – Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday that the U.S. State Department has designated the Islamic State terror group’s actions against Christians, Yazidis, and other minority groups in Syria and Iraq as genocide.

Kerry’s remarks came in the wake of the House of Representatives’s March 14 passing of a unanimous 393-0 non-binding resolution labeling the actions of Islamic State as genocide.

“My purpose here today is to assert in my judgment, [Islamic State] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians, and Shi’ite Muslims,” Kerry said in a news conference at the State Department.

Kerry said that in 2014, Islamic State executed Christians and Yazidis “solely for their faith” and began enslaving women and girls, whom the group is “selling them at auction, raping them at will and destroying the communities in which they had lived for countless generations.”

Without the intervention of the U.S. and its allies at that time, “it is clear that those people would have been slaughtered,” Kerry said.

This is the first time that the U.S. has declared a genocide since the massacre in Darfur in 2004. While labeling the actions of Islamic State as genocide does not legally obligate the U.S. to take any action against the terror group, it can put more pressure on the White House to take more forceful military action against Islamic State.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nb.), whose district has welcomed the largest group of Yazidi refugees in the U.S., authored Monday’s resolution with Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

“I commend Secretary Kerry and the State Department for making this important designation. The genocide against Christians, Yazidis and others is not only a grave injustice to theses ancient faith communities — it is an assault on human dignity and an attack on civilization itself,” he said. “The United States has now spoken with clarity and moral authority,” Fortenberry said.

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  • Jonah

    Tell us the rest of the story you lying moron. They have been accomplishing their genocidal shenanigans with weapons from Bengazi. And all the while you have been witnessing it each day with a smile on your face and now you suddenly shed crocodile tears. You are the single most destructive force on this planet with your puppy dog eyes ,your deceptive Tounge and skill at spinning lies. Rap rap rap rap rap we call you the rapper, rap rap rap we know what your after. Israel! God has your number and it is 666. Might I suggest you read Revelation to understand full well your destiny.